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Check out the latest updates and in-depth stories from our staff and colleagues in the Midwest.

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Update

Shoring Up the Power Grid: We Can’t Afford the Cost of Inaction

How do we prepare our grid for the impacts of climate change, where all three factors—electric supply, demand, and grid infrastructure—are each regularly strained to their limits?

2/22/21

Nikhil Vijaykar

Update

ELPC’s Annual Update

It's been an amazing year. Learn more about the impact we've made together on behalf of the Midwest's environment.

4/30/21

ELPC Events

ELPC’s Earth Day Celebration

What a celebration! Watch our 2021 Earth Day celebration.

4/22/21

Howard's Blog

This Earth Day, Let’s Recognize Progress and Accelerate Solutions

We do have far to go to achieve a safe, clean environment for all—but the improvements are real.

4/22/21

Howard A. Learner

Victory

Protecting Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in the Great Lakes

The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Lake Huron is protected. Our Great Lakes victory is a national precedent leveraging protection for 10 other National Marine Sanctuaries and National Marine Monuments threatened with cuts and drilling. 

4/20/21

Howard A. Learner

ELPC Testimony to U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee in Support of Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Read Howard Learner's testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies in Support of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI)

4/16/21

Update

Region 5 Redux: Midwest Water Enforcement under Trump Continued to Decline in 2020

In last year’s report, ELPC found that EPA enforcement was declining in the Midwest from 2012-2019, even as significant noncompliance with the Clean Water Act was on the rise. It turns out 2020 was even worse.

4/12/21

Jeffrey Hammons

Victory

Pekin and See: How to Turn a Coal Plant into Electric School Buses

Catching a ride on the magic school bus is now a reality for students in the Pekin and Hollis School Districts as Illinois’ first vehicle-to-grid (V2G) electric school buses hit the road.

4/1/21

Susan Mudd

Update

REAP 3.0: Expanding and Improving the Rural Energy for America Program for Climate Action

REAP has proven its worth, so the time has come to expand and support more ambitious farm energy efforts. With increased funding and policy improvements, REAP 3.0 can provide climate solutions and rural infrastructure investment.

4/1/21

Andy Olsen

Update

Let’s be smart about federal transportation funding

Chicago-area organizations advocate for fix-it-first transportation funding, sound financial planning, and transparency in new reauthorization and appropriations bills.

3/24/21

Kevin Brubaker

Update

Fact-Checking Ohio Legislators on Energy Bill Claims

The Ohio legislature needs to create a bill focused on reducing energy waste. Saving energy means saving money and benefits both consumers and the environment.

3/17/21

Robert Kelter

Howard's Blog

Keeping the Midwest Wild

Protected public lands are protected for good reasons. We're working hard with national and local conservation group partners and clients to enforce protections on public, wild lands.

3/17/21

Howard A. Learner

Update

Environmental & Conservation Groups Call for Legal Action on Siting of General Iron

An open letter to Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, and Acting Administrator of EPA Region 5 Cheryl Newton to take legal action to stop General Iron.

3/11/21

Update

Chicago transportation organizations praise thoughtful transit funding dispersal

ELPC and a coalition of Chicago-area organizations sent a letter supporting the Regional Transportation Authority's data-driven approach to COVID relief transit funding.

3/10/21

Kevin Brubaker

ELPC Events

ELPC Thinks: The Future of Passenger & Freight Rail

On March 5th, the Environmental Law and Policy Center hosted Marty Oberman to discuss the challenges and opportunities for passenger and freight rail in the U.S.

3/9/21

Update

Palisades Nuclear: The Promises and Perils of Decommissioning

The Palisades Nuclear Generating Station is heading for closure. The ensuing decommissioning could reduce concern about such a close nuclear facility, but it also brings worry about whether the cleanup will be done properly.

3/5/21

Caroline Cox

Update

Violator One Year Later – Ohio’s Reserve Environmental

Reserve Environmental Services, is an Ohio facility has a history of violating the Clean Water Act without facing consequences. This year's data shows that pattern has not changed.

3/5/21

Jeffrey Hammons

Story

Memo from the Midwest: What the Biden administration should prioritize for a robust transition to electric vehicles

The U.S. can slash emissions by accelerating steps to get more pollution-free vehicles on the roads. Electrifying the transportation sector will provide critical reductions in air pollution in the Midwest and across the country.

3/3/21

Susan Mudd

Update

Air Pollution, Diesel Emissions and Public Health: Southside Summit on Transportation

ELPC Senior Policy Advocate Susan Mudd joined other public health experts to discuss the impacts of freight, trucking, and distribution on air quality and health in Chicago.

3/2/21

Susan Mudd

Howard's Blog

While Ameren is Fighting Against Solar, Company Is Raising Its Dividend Again

Everyone knows that accelerating solar energy has overwhelmingly strong public support. ELPC and our environmental partners know it. Politicians know it from their polling. Utilities know it from their polling, too. Ameren, which is Illinois’ second-largest electric utility, appears to have missed that memo.

2/25/21

Howard A. Learner

Update

Shoring Up the Power Grid: We Can’t Afford the Cost of Inaction

How do we prepare our grid for the impacts of climate change, where all three factors—electric supply, demand, and grid infrastructure—are each regularly strained to their limits?

2/22/21

Nikhil Vijaykar

In Memory of Bob Wilcox, Jr

The ELPC family is saddened to hear about the recent passing of Bob Wilcox Jr. 

2/22/21

Update

Support the Freedom to Fund Solar in Wisconsin

An important case on the future of solar power in Wisconsin is open for public comment at the Public Service Commission (PSCW). The PSCW decision will determine if utility monopolies have the power to stop the cost-saving – and completely legal – solar financing mechanism known as “third-party ownership.”

2/12/21

Andy Olsen

Story

Modernized Interconnection Supports Cost-Effective Transition to Renewables

Midwestern states' interconnection processes must be fully modernized to take advantage of advanced technologies and support a cost-effective transition to a renewable future.

2/5/21

MeLena Hessel

Story

Compensation for Distributed Energy Resources: Looking Toward the FUTURE

ELPC is engaged with colleagues and allies in several Midwest proceedings that will help shape the future direction of DER compensation.

2/4/21

Brad Klein

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